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Round 4 of Formula E is a special one on the calendar for many reasons. One of those reason is that it's Formula E's one and only trip to a purpose built race track which creates a whole new dynamic. Another reason is that the Mexican fans go mental for any motorsport and the atmosphere for this race is usually electric with the podium presentation being one of the best anywhere. With a great season already taking shape I'm hoping this one is a grandstand event.
4 races in and Jean-Eric Vergne is acting like a true reigning champion. Yes that's right he is complaining about the rules in the press a lot. His latest grumble is qualifying. For those of you who don't know the cars are split into 4 groups and then the fastest 5 go to superpole session. The top 5 in the championship go in the first group and this is what JEV has spat his dummy out about. Last time out in Chilie the track was dirty which meant the first group out were at disadvantage. They promptly all qualified near the...
This is an exceptionally late thread start because I thought the race was next week. However I am wrong and Formula E's third round happens tomorrow on the streets of Santiago in Chilie. The track is different this year, which is a plus if it's stopped it running alongside that open sewer like it did last year. It was a really good race last year though with Teechetah dominating. JEV and co will be hoping for a repeat performance.
Two races into Gen 2 of Formula E and it seems that the new gen will bring us the same close action as Gen 1. It's quite clear there are two packages that are above the rest of the field (Teechetah and BMW) but they are struggling to take advantage of this mainly due to driver error and the qualifying format. The grids get so mixed up in Formula E because one lap pace goes against all other aspects that make you a contender in a race. Add to that the close street circuits and the fact you get one lap at 250kw (25kw than at anytime all race day) it leads...
The Formula E Express is taking us to Marrakesh. Yes you can still smell the Cranberry sauce on the drivers breath but come 2pm GMT on Saturday 12th of Jan it's game time in Formula E with Gen 2 car getting it's second outing. I think it's debut was viewed as pretty good even if attack mode did look a tad odd. Of course BMW will be ecstatic with getting a win in their very first race as a manufacturer. Even if they are not the quickest car in the field it's still secures bragging rights over Audi.
After his win in round one Felix Da Costa will be eying a title run. As good as he is, having not watched DTM, I've only seen him in two title fights; GP3 where he got bested by both Mitch Evans and Danny Abt - and WSR where he got bested by Magnusen and Vandoorne. This doesn't bode well really as far as withstanding pressure goes. BMW is not the fastest car out there but, as we've seen in Formula E, the fastest car out there really depends on where in the world the sport is and which...
Well this should have happened at the end of the season but for reasons beyond my control I couldn’t do it. Here we are at the start of a new year, how do we fill the time until the season starts again? For a bit of fun (hopefully) I thought we could do some forum awards for 2018. Brogan and cider_and_toast kindly said they had no problem with it, so here they are.
I’ve tried to make this inclusive to all and it’s now time to hand it over to you the members to nominate your favourites for the awards listed below. You can nominate as many people as you like for each award. At the end of the nominations period I will do some adding up, find the top 3 or 4 etc. in each category and then we’ll all vote on them. I hope as many people as possible will take part in this process, it’s not about me, it’s supposed to be about us all celebrating this place we all love to visit and where we discuss a sport we all enjoy.
The categories are some which were...
Maybe it's my age but this year more than most I've had to go back to various publications to remind myself of the stand out events in different races. That said, as I sat and watch SPOTY last night it was clear that we had witnessed a very special event in 2018 with the outstanding driver of his generation, Lewis Hamilton, taking his fifth world title.
Where to start then? At the beginning I suppose, in a season which offered a battle for the title until the mid-season break and then one man simply raised his game. Up to the Hungarian GP we had seen 4 different race winners, Hamiton had 5 of the 12, Vettel 4. After Hungary Lewis won 6 of 9, which tells you all you need to know about how he came back after the enforced month off.
There were a few other moments which spring instantly to mind. Sebastian breaking the British public's hearts at Silverstone after Kimi had knocked Lewis in to a spin but Seb then letting Lewis win his home race by sticking in in to the barriers...
10 days before Xmas and in the country of Saudi Arabia is the chosen place and time to flick the on switch on Generation 2 of Formula E. Gone is the car swap and in place we have a brand new futuristic looking car that is far more faster and looks to be a lot of fun.
Gen 1 of Formula E did a great job in establishing the series, bringing in the drivers, attracting the manufacturers and building the grass roots of a fan base. Gen 2 really needs to deliver on a few promises. Already the series brand seems to be focusing less on the environment and more in pulling in the gamers. This season sees the launch of the Ghost Car app which means gamers can drive alongside the live action whilst the race is going on and post vids of themselves taking better lines that the pros. We of course also have the launch of the much talked about Attack Mode.
Attack mode was known for a bit as hyper boost but I prefer the new name. The basic concept is that there is a zone completely offline that...
Testing gets underway tomorrow with Stroll getting a go in the Force India. Guessing he will have to be very slow to not get the drive for next year.
Lance Stroll to drive for Force India in Abu Dhabi Pirelli test | Formula 1®
After the Abu Dhabi test on Tuesday and Wednesday, the teams will have eight days of testing at Barcelona in February.
The first running from February 18-21 before action resumes from February 26 – March 1.
Thought now the season is over i thought i post the 3rd annual CTA driver of the year & find out who will join Daniel Riccardio 2016 winner & Lewis Hamilton 2017 winner, as 2018 winner. As our forums driver of the year. I would prefer a top 10 but you can do a top 5 if you dont have the time for 10. Or if you thought we had 14 useless drivers & like F1 your top driver gets 25pts 10th gets 1pt & after everyones who wants to vote has voted, ill keep the vote open til end of the calendar year & driver with most points. Will be 2018 CTA Driver of the year
As i always say i dont mind how you get your top 10. it can be top 10 in championship or the top 10 pound for pound. However I just feel its a great way to get everyone's opinion on how the 2018 grid fared this season
Aaaaaahhh, that wonderful place, renowned for its proximity to the sea and proud history of mercantile endeavour, the place that attracts many tourists to its wonderful coastline, fabulous welcome and no surprise then that property is costly and much sought after.
Wonderous views of the mountains of Snowdonia rising in splendour to the East and...........
What do you mean?
I thought you said Aberdovey!
I wouldn’t have volunteered if I’d known. Still here goes then……..
Aaaahh, Abu Dhabi, that Middle Eastern Grand Prix that nobody complains about because human rights abuse only occurs in Bahrain. A place where a notoriously dull race with a traditionally sparse audience is appropriately named, as the only way can only be up after a race at the Yas Marina Circuit. I do feel that they did actually bother when they built it as it does have its quirks with a long straight and peculiar pitlane configuration, one day there’ll be an...
One of the biggest factors to shape the way humanity has interacted in the 20th and 21st centuries is Oil. Wars have been fought over it, alliances made and broken, blind eyes turned to shocking human rights abuses in one country while sanctions and threats of invasion are given to another because of the supply.
It’s hard to imagine now but for around 400 years before this, it wasn’t oil that brought misery to many but sugar.
Prior to the 16th century sugar was seen as a valuable spice and something to only grace the tables of the very rich. As methods of refinement improved so the amount of sugar that could be extracted from the cane rapidly increased and soon, the cost of sugar fell.
It was the Portuguese who first introduced sugar into Brazil and by the mid-16th century there were thousands of sugar plantations along the Brazilian coastline. To maximise production and minimise costs, a large amount of cheap labour was required to work these plantations and in 1526, the first...
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